Welcome to the Pennine Soaring Club Website

The Pennine Soaring Club may not be the largest Hang gliding and Paragliding club in the UK
but we're one of the most active.

We have great flying sites to cover most wind directions with some of the best XC potential in the UK...

... and welcome visiting pilots to fly The Pennines with open arms. (See our site guide).

Although we currently do not run a strict Members Only policy we would rather have you on our team.
Not only because of the benefits to you, but also because over the years we have negotiated agreements with farmers
and landowners and would like to keep them as happy with flying as we are.

Find out about Joining the Pennine Soaring Clu


Pennine Soaring Club Lockdown 3 January 2021 Update

January 8, 2021 11:35

Here is the statement from the gov.uk website on 6th January 2021

Summary: what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. This is the law.

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

• shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person

• go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home

• exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

• meet your support bubbleor childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one

• seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

• attend education or childcare - for those eligible

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local - unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

Given the above, the CAA declaration that General Aviation is effectively banned except for very strict exemptions and the latest BHPA statement, the committee see no point in going through the procedure to formally close the sites – all paragliding and hang gliding activity should cease until the restrictions are lifted.

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Covid-19 May Update

Monday, May 11, 2020

The PM has spoken but, as always, the devil is in the detail. While we wait for some flesh to be wrapped around the bones of Boris’s statement, below is the BHPA’s road map for a possible return to

No flying, New wing

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Hello fellow sky friends,It's been a very difficult time the last few week's, and I'm sure everyone's thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones. Everything seems to have stopped at the

CAA Airspace Classification Review 2019-2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A cautionary tale

Sunday, January 03, 2021

It's been a strange and frustrating year for everything; work, home, injury and particularly sport (incase you are wondering I'm looking for excuses).

Safety Notes–Sept 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Safety Notes September 2020Does the Peter Principle apply to Paragliding? The idea of the Peter Principle comes from a satirical book written by Raymond Hull, based on Laurence Peter’s research.

Safety Notes August 2020

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Radios – who needs ‘em? Distracting chatter, something else to go wrong etc. Well, there I was focused on tagging cylinder 9 and getting low. Since it was a busy day, I thought all I had to do was

Parlick East–Bottom Landing Exclusion Zone

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hi All,A couple of weeks ago one of our members was challenged by the Wolfen Hall Gamekeeper for landing in the fields below Saddle End Farm.  It seems that the the owner of Wolfen Hall purchased

Winter Hill–Gate to be Locked

Friday, June 14, 2019

I have just been contacted by the secretary of the Rivington Soaring Association (modellers) stating that some of their members were stopped recently by Arqiva TV Mast security staff as they went up

Hen Harriers

Thursday, June 13, 2019

RSPB have announced that there has been successful fledging of several hen harrier chicks in the Bowland Forest area. They request people stick to marked tracks in the area to avoid stressing these

The Paramotor Code

Friday, June 14, 2019

Over the last few months, the BHPA has been working with the CAA to try to educate those who fly Paramotors with no training. Together they have worked up the Paramotor Code.

5 Tips for Beginners

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jack Pimblett shares some of the tips which have helped him progress as a pilot.

Pilot Revision–Airlaw

Thursday, November 22, 2018

On the 19th Novemer, Richard Butterworth gave a review of the airlaw part of the pilot exam, along with additional hints and tips and some exercises to help in everyday flying which are not on the

Northern XC League

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

There is now a Northern XC league competition designed to allow northern clubs to compete without the issues of getting to some of the more distant long distance take offs.The six clubs involved

BP Cup 2019

Friday, February 01, 2019

Entries for the 2019 rounds are now open and we have a round in the Pennines and one in the Yorkshire Dales. As requested by our pilots last year, entry is now restricted to EN A, B and C gliders

Grid Challenge Completed again!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Since the Northern Challenge Trophy started, people have stopped telling me when they've done Grid Challenges. So I missed this until now: Geoff Crossley came to Parlick on May 18th, rattled round the

Planning Declares–the Repeat

Thursday, January 09, 2020

(or how to get to Whitby mid week without bumping into one of those noisy RAF thingies)Monday 13th January 2020, 7:30 PM, Sea View, Chorley.Come and listen to master planner and declared flight guru

PSC Christmas Do 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Venue: Bistrot Pierre – Preston (back by popular demand)Date: Sat 21st December 2019Time: 5pm – 7pm + Drinks afterwardsCost: £27.50 per head – (£10 deposit per person required)Max attendees: 30 (first

PSC Christmas Do 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Venue: Bistrot Pierre – Preston (back by popular demand)Date: Sat 21st December 2019Time: 5pm – 7pm + Drinks afterwardsCost: £27.50 per head – (£10 deposit per person required)Max attendees: 30 (first